Monday, September 18, 2006

I Live in Paris!

I have been in my new apartment for a little more than two weeks and I cannot begin to explain what a difference living somewhere nice can make! I have not done much, went to a few museums, a few movies (Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking, both of which are excellent), read a few books, including Chuck Pallahniuk’s Haunted, volunteered at the American Church in Paris, and just walked around Paris. (Speaking of Chuck Pallahniuk, he is going to be in Paris along with a load of other famous North American writer’s the end of this month and I am so excited!)

I can honestly say my attitude is 80 percent better than it was last month. Now, all I have to worry about is money, so if anyone would like to make a donation…..I have several other jobs lined up and am just waiting for my schedule from the university before I tell the other jobs what days I can work. School starts next Monday at the university and I still have no idea what days I will teach, how many classes I will teach, what classes I will teach, or how many students I will have. I was told today the secretary would try to get a schedule to me by Thursday. THURSDAY! Classes start Monday and I have no books. The university does not have any for me to use. I think we will be watching a lot of movies. I am going to see how much I can not do this year. I do not have a lot of incentive to excel; I cannot be fired or rehired and the university certainly does not care whether or not I am prepared to teach, so I do not see any reason I should stress over making decent lesson plans.

FYI, I still do not have internet or a decent phone line and will not have them for three more weeks, so it will be a while before I can post regular updates, answer emails or call home.

8 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

oh Angela - I'm so happy your life is improving. That's so sad they treat you the way they do and yes I guess I'd treat them the same...

As for the phone, yes I was feeling this way for a while too.. IT was horrible!! But lets hope for a speedier delivery...

Yikes! Yeah for enjoying the last bits of summer!

Ola said...

Glad to see you're feeling better! And good luck for next week, it does sound like quite a short-notice with those classes!

Julie said...

Just your post's title I Live In Paris! sounds happy and optimistic.

So much better than the post you could have written before: I live in a suburb of Paris and it's a big-time ghetto!

Lotus Reads said...

Angela, it really does sound like you're finally being able to exhale and enjoy the city you live in and I am so glad for you!

I have never read a Chuck Pallahniuk, but I am told it is quite an experience. Is there going to be an author's festival in Paris at the end of the month? Are you planning on going to it, you must tell us more!

Hope the Univ. sends you some books, but ofcourse, if all you have are movies, your students will love you for it! :)

hellomelissa said...

glad to hear things are looking up in almost every way!

Diamond Lil said...

So happy for you!

Angela in Europe said...

Expat-Still no internet, but I have a phone now.

Julie-I think I might be falling in love with Paris.

Diamond Lil & Ola & hello Melissa-Thanks!

Lotus-Yes, it is a North American festival so there will be a few Candians as well...M. Atwood.

cara said...

wow, glad to hear things are going so much better for you, besides the France Telecom nonsense. we, too, are having probs with them too. it's so frustrating not having an internet connection when living as an ex-pat. well, at anytime. and i see that paris is the place to get a job..."several other jobs lined up"? i'd be jealous if i wasn't about to pop a kid out.